The final episode of the current series of Long Lost Family aired last night bringing tears to many viewers’ eyes.
Sadly the subject of the show, Julian Delange, died the night before the episode aired which became a tribute to his life – Julian was reunited with his brother after 70 years apart.
One of the show’s hosts, Nicky Campbell, announced the news on Twitter an hour before the show aired.
Something to tell you about tonight's Long Lost Family. pic.twitter.com/EIr4VXgs29
— Nicky Campbell (@NickyAACampbell) September 6, 2017
His tweet read:
Final #longlostfamily tonight. Sad news. Julian Delange passed away last night.
He and his brother found each other after more than 70 years and became very close.
The family have requested the programme goes ahead. We dedicate it to Julian who was a sweet man and a gentleman.
I am proud to have known him.
During the episode Julian was reunited with his brother after spending more than 70 years apart and it was very emotional.
Viewers flocked to social media to offer their condolences to Julian’s family.
"This final chapter is going to be a source of great happiness." God bless you Julian #longlostfamily
— Morgan (@Mostyn14) September 6, 2017
Oh my goodness… so sad… but thanks to you and your team they found each other just in time … ?
— Jayne Coldrick (@jayneaber) September 6, 2017
RIP JULIAN, so happy you both got some time together . Thank u @ThisisDavina , Nicky and ur team for an amazing programme
— Wayne Gould (@Wagger2275Wayne) September 6, 2017
According to the hosts the two brothers spent plenty of time together this year after being reunited on the show.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.